Market participants are under heavy pressure to ensure their technology is stable and performing as intended.
In their need to release new functionality early, perhaps in response to regulations, economy updates or customer demand, firms may be putting themselves in a difficult position. In an ever increasing interconnected world the problems of errors and bugs become worse.
New technology also poses many quality problems. Large amounts of money are spent on buying and commissioning systems for all types of organisations. Lack of adequate testing, including review, is a major obstacle to the success of digital enterprise. In established software companies e.g. IBM, software testing and transformation is a major part of any project, many companies spend around 80% of the entire software development effort on testing and validation. Since software is now such a fundamental part of almost any activity, this is an enormous burden and responsibility. Inadequate testing is costing an estimate of up to 1% of gross domestic product in western economies such as the US and the UK (£15 billion in the UK). Despite this, very little is said about improving this major issue in the Government’s reports on the Public ICT Strategy.
In a competitive market companies need to be ever more vigilant of their customers changing needs. Time to market is crucial to keep their edge. With changing needs companies must offer innovative solutions in ever decreasing timeframes. New functionality and services comes with additional requirements for testing to ensure the customer experience never diminishes.
Organisations everywhere are looking to enhance their processes in order to lower risk and reduce operating costs. But when it comes to testing, many company still operate it manually, this approach does not offer the level of accuracy necessary to create standardised, enforceable processes.
Automation is a viable way for firms to improve time to market and keep systems quality high by speeding up regression testing. Using automating testing, organisations can deliver quickly while preventing major defects that could have a negative impact on customer relationships.
Firms that use automated testing systems stand to dramatically enhance quality assurance. If they’re designed well, automated processes can be far more accurate, reliable and consistent than standard approaches. Furthermore, sophisticated testing tools can introduce consistent, repeatable processes that can improve systems reliability.
Our expertise in QA & Testing covers many industries – automotive, healthcare to business systems. New automated approaches coupled with a full life cycle and agile development techniques provide a modern solution.
The Advanced Computer Research Centre offers end-to-end quality assurance and testing services that deliver quantifiable results and a reduction in testing spend.